Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017

Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 1 – 20 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 C. Administrative Alternate Findings The Planning and Development Officer may in accordance with Sec. 10.2.17. reduce the required transparency, subject to all of the following findings: 1. The approved alternate meets the intent of the transparency requirements; 2. The approved alternate conforms with the Comprehensive Plan and adopted City plans; and 3. The street-facing building facade utilizes other architectural treatments to create visual interest to offset the reduction in transparency. Sec. 1.5.10. Blank Wall Area A. Defined 1. Blank wall area means any portion of the exterior facade of the building that does not include a substantial material change; windows or doors; or columns, pilasters or other articulation greater than 12 inches in depth. 2. Substantial material change means a change between materials such as wood, metal, glass, brick, architectural block, stone or stucco. Substantial material change should occur at an inside corner, where feasible. Paint color is not a substantial material change. B. Intent 1. The blank wall area regulations are intended to prevent large, monotonous expanses of undifferentiated building mass. 2. The level of architectural detail should be most intense at the street level, where it is within view of the pedestrians on the sidewalk. C. General Requirements 1. Blank wall area applies in both a vertical and horizontal direction. 2. Blank wall area applies to both ground and upper stories. Blank Wall Area Blank Wall Area D. Administrative Alternate Findings The Planning and Development Officer may in accordance with Sec. 10.2.17. approve additional blank wall, subject to all of the following findings: 1. The approved alternate meets the intent of the blank wall area regulations; 2. The approved alternate conforms with the Comprehensive Plan and adopted City plans; 3. The increase in blank wall area is offset by additional architectural treatments and increased vertical landscaping; and 4. The amount of blank wall area for buildings located on an Urban Frontage should not be more than 40%. CHAPTER 1. ​INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS | Article 1.5. Measurement, Exceptions & General Rules of Applicability Sec. 1.5.10. ​​Blank Wall Area

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